The Conway Garden Club met Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the "LOT" of Hostess Elizabeth Rose Black and Co-Hostess Paulette Herring. Elizabeth welcomed guests Janice Dickerson and Nancy White. She then introduced our speaker, Ronnie Newton of Newton Service now managed by his son, Jeremy Newton. He gave a very interesting and informative report on what to do with our trees; water them to the drip line, also a fairly new product called Super-Thrive available at Plant Outlet.

President Florine Phipps led us in the Collect, Treasurer Elizabeth Black then gave her report, Secretary Julia Fraser’s report was read by Paulette Herring. President Phipps then gave us her report she gave at the Northwest District Meeting at Northwest Community College in Bentonville on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Our main order of business was to make plans for decorating the Dog Trot Log Cabin using a "Harvest Theme" along with the Town and County Garden Club. The Open House will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, on the grounds of the Faulkner County Museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chairwoman of our club for this event will be Vickie Repp assisted by Paulette Herring along with the rest of our club. Members of both clubs will dress in period costume. There will be all kinds of activities, some crafts, food and entertainment as well as tours of the Cabin and Museum. For more information, call Lynitta Langly-Ware at the Faulkner County Museum, 329-5918.

The weather was perfect for our "Garden Party" at the "LOT," decorated with plants, umbrellas, all tables had tablecloths. Centerpieces and candles, an arrangement with a pumpkin as the vase was done by Paulette Herring. A light lunch was served.

For dessert was a chocolate cake. Our special guest was "Hal," short for Halloween, a scarecrow who seemed to sleep through most of the meeting.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 13 instead of the first Tuesday of the month since this is election day. The Hostess will be Paulette Herring, and Norma Crass and Elizabeth Black will serve as Co-Hostesses. We will meet for lunch at Oak Street Bistro, then go next door for a Christmas Class by Tipton and Hurst.

Progressive Club met for its October meeting at the Home of Sue Nunnally. Eleven members were present.

Guest speaker, Hank Chaney from the Home Extension Office, spoke about garden and garden pests in Conway.

New officers for 2012-2013 are President, Beverly Freiley; 1st Vice President, Connie Westbrook; 2nd Vice President, Wenelene Smith; Secretary, Judith Stuart; Corresponding Secretary, Jo Ann Henderson; Treasurer, Polly Bruckner; Historian/Reporter, Betty Ramsey; and Parliamentarian, Ola Hawks.

The November meeting will be held at the home of Beverly Freiley on Monday, Nov. 5.

The Project is: Provide a Thanksgiving Meal for a Needy Family.

The Conway Shakespeare Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the home of Julie Atkisson.

Co-hostesses will be Mary Ferguson and Carolyn Lewis. Toran Isom will present a program entitled "What Are You?"

The Conway Noon Rotary Club met at the Conway Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 4. The club had a chance to meet both candidates for Faulkner County Judge, incumbent Preston Scroggin and candidate Marvin Lessmann.

Incumbent judge, Scroggin spoke about his accomplishments while serving as judge and a little on his personal life. Scroggin, who lives in Vilonia, prior to serving as Faulkner County Judge, served six years in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Lessmann, a resident of Conway, is a first time politician, who sees a need for new leadership in Faulkner County. He spoke on his qualifications and on his personal life. The Conway Noon Rotary Club does not endorse or support any candidate or party. However, they feel it is important to hear from all candidates in order to learn more about them and their qualifications.

Prior to hearing from the candidates, Craig Douglas of the organization, "Move Arkansas Forward," spoke on "Proposed Constitutional Amendment #1." This amendment provides for the construction and improvement of a four-lane highway system connecting all parts of the state. Plus, it provides new turn-back revenue for every city and county to be used for local road and street projects. The amendment will be funded by a temporary tax that will be collected over a 10-year period. In Faulkner County, if passed, the amendment will fund the completion of widening US Highway 64 to four lanes between Conway and Beebe, complete the widening of I-40 to six lanes between Conway and Little Rock, and north of Faulkner County, continuation of widening US Highway 65 to four lanes between Clinton and Harrison. For more information, go to:

Members of the Conway Noon Rotary Club, just as all members of Rotary International the world over, live by the principles laid out in our "4-way Test." Of all the things we say and do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

President Hervey Galloway called the September meeting to order, inviting First Vice President Peggy Sturgis to the podium to introduce the speaker. James McAlister, author and freelance writer, spoke on the topic of "Teacher Appreciation." Mr. McAlister told a very touching and entertaining story of the "worst" teacher he ever had — whom he later came to recognize as a "best" teacher. He encouraged each listener to thank that special teacher while he or she is still living.

President Galloway asked members to stand and introduce their guests. Peggy Sturgis won a basket of jellies for inviting the most guests: James McAlister and his wife Sara, Jim Stone, Jason Rapert and Joyce Lancaster. Julia Frasier introduced Steve and Laura Clark.

Florene Phipps, Secretary, read the minutes of the May 15 meeting and the minutes of the June 13 planning meeting. Treasurer Betty Stevens gave the September financial report.

In the absence of President Elect Polly Bakker, Ben Bakker introduced the chairman of the host/hostess committee, Julia Fraser. Julia introduced the committee: Arvil and Janet Burks, Janie Bloxom, Vernelle Crews, Ella Reese, Kathryn Starr, Virgie Tsuda and Shirley Welch.

Second Vice President Carroll Williams announced that we have 147 paid members. Membership forms were available on the tables for guests who wished to join. Elizabeth Rose Black reported 50 members present. Julia Fraser reported 2,412 Community Service hours given during the months of July and August.

Hervey Galloway reported on the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association convention which was attended by Hervey, Mike and Sharon Rapp and Jay Fortner. Hervey reported an increase in ARTA dues, to take place on July 1, 2013, to $28 annual and $240 for a lifetime membership. Past President Jay Fortner received the Individual Achievement Award. Sharon Rapp was recognized for giving more than 1,000 volunteer hours in community service. The Faulkner County Unit received the Unit Achievement Award.

President Galloway announced that we were well represented at the Carolyn Lewis Elementary School Dedication and commended her contributions to Conway education. Doretta Bright discussed the UCA Student Teacher Mock Interviews on September 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.

The next meeting is Oct. 16 at 1:30 p.m. The November meeting date will be on the second Tuesday, Nov. 13. The meeting was adjourned to food and fellowship.

Marcia Dohn, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Coordinator for Arkansas, conducted a Leadership Workshop for Arkansas Chapter Officers on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the McGee Center in Conway. Area Chairman, Billie Eagle, and chapter leaders from Benton, Dover, Morrilton and Conway were among the attendees.

Information was presented about TOPS teamwork, relationships, planning, vision, strategies and communication. Ideas and suggestions for programs, upcoming events and a question and answer session was also conducted to instruct new leaders and inspire our seasoned leadership.

TOPS, INC. is a successful non-profit weight loss support organization with chapters throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information about local meeting times in Conway, please call Steve, 501-339-1175, or Sandy, 501-329-0558.

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Roses Among Thorns held their monthly Tea on Sept. 19 in the Wassell Burgess Family Life Center at Springhill Baptist Church. We are so blessed to be celebrating Roses Among Thorns eight birthday this month.

Linda Dickey welcomed everyone to the Tea. She introduced a special guest, Wanda Landers and she opened our meeting in prayer. Wanda is the leader of the Daily Manna that is held on the second Tuesday of each month at Woodland Heights Baptist Church. Jo Ann Carter from Mayflower was a first time visitor.

The delicious meal served was chef salad, fruit salad, birthday cake and peach tea. The birthday cake was donated by Stephanie Bynum, who is with Comtour Medical Breast Prosthetics located in Little Rock. This month’s faithful servers included: Martha Wilcox, Meredith Thrash, Judy Jones, Linda Arnold, Sue Benge, and Joy Kelso.

We played several games and many ladies won gifts. Bronnie Rose and Shelby Jean Wilcox provided door prizes. Linda Dickey has been giving nice china tea cups and saucers to each Rose on their birthday and those were passed out to the September birthday ladies. Ye Old Daisy Shoppe gave assorted flowers to everyone to take home. A $500 donation was made to Roses from a doctor in North Little Rock.

We had been encouraged to wear flip flops to the Tea. Linda Dickey gave a devotional about our feet and that everywhere we walk we leave an impression. Christ is always with us and that we never have to walk alone.

Several ladies shared about good reports they had received. The Road Runner Home Extension Club volunteered to share their booth at the Faulkner County Fair with Roses. This would be good advertisement for Roses and we appreciate their generosity. Roses held a fund raiser at Stoby’s on Sunday, Oct. 7. The annual Race for the Cure will be Oct. 20 in Little Rock.

Joy Kelso and her husband, Eddie, have a ministry called Know the Truth. They minister to several prisons in Arkansas and Texas. Joy reported to us that they had seen over 500 inmates come to know the Lord since the beginning of the ministry.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 17.

Roses Among Thorns is a non-profit organization (501-c3) that ministers to women who have had any type of cancer. If you would like to make a donation or contribute in memory of someone you can mail your tax free donation to Roses Among Thorns, P.O. Box 1340, Greenbrier, AR 72058.

If you or any women you know who has cancer or is a survivor and would be interested in attending, please contact Linda Dickey to reserve your seat at 501-679-2931 or 501-472-1120.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Teas or help with coordinating the luncheons, please call Linda.

The October AARP meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 15, at the Conway Fitness and Wellness Center on Donaghey Avenue. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and the program and business meeting will follow.

Visitors are welcome to attend. Call President Ron Ross at 501-327-6803 for further information.